The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth L. Hinson-Hasty is an author, educator, speaker, preacher, and advocate. Her aim in writing, teaching, speaking, and preaching is to make connections between churches, community organizations, and the academy. She will begin serving as Professor of Theology and Ethics at Union Presbyterian Seminary on the Charlotte campus on July 1, 2023.
Elizabeth is an award-winning author and educator who is frequently called upon to speak, present, and preach at conferences, colleges, universities, and seminaries, as well as in local congregations in the US and internationally. She serves as a Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Bellarmine University. She holds a Ph.D. from Union Presbyterian Seminary, an M.Div. from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and is a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
The questions that Elizabeth pursues in her research on faith and public life are those that keep her up at night because the most widely known or popular answers just don’t seem to go far enough to address the real issues. Her recent work focuses on the root causes of poverty, systemic solutions to solve the problem of poverty, policy solutions for wealth inequalities, and the intersections between theology, social inequalities, and mental health. Elizabeth’s most recent book is entitled Dutiful Love: Empowering Individuals and Families Affected by Serious Mental Illness (Fortress 2021).
Among other awards, grants, and honors, she has distinguished herself as the recipient of a Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant for Researchers (2018), as the North American Research Consultant for the World Council of Churches’ Poverty, Wealth and Ecology Project (2010-2014), as a Fulbright Scholar (Hungary 2010), and as the recipient of the Wilson Wyatt Faculty Fellowship awarded for excellence in teaching and scholarship (2010). Her book on The Problem of Wealth: A Christian Response to a Culture of Affluence (Orbis 2017) won the Catholic Press Association 2018 first place award for a book related to Catholic Social Teaching.